MOSCOW, 12 Oct — PRIME. The damage to the Druzhba oil pipeline is accidental, it was not due to sabotage, the German Ministry of Economy said, citing data from the Polish authorities.
“According to initial information from the Polish authorities, it is assumed that the damage was accidental, and not sabotage. However, the exact clarification of the facts continues,” the message says.
The department noted that Berlin is monitoring the situation and is in close contact with all interested parties.
The reliability of oil supplies to Germany is still guaranteed, the department stressed. German refineries in Schwedt and Leuna continue to receive raw materials via Druzhba 1 via Poland, the report added.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Polish operator of the Druzhba oil pipeline reported a leak on one of the lines of the pipeline. Later, the Ministry of Economy of Brandenburg announced a drop in pressure in the second line.
Polish government commissioner for strategic energy infrastructure Mateusz Berger told Reuters that the incident could have been caused by accidental damage rather than deliberate sabotage.
The pipeline is the main route for oil supplies to Germany.